2011 Annual Grants Report

Forsythia Foundation is pleased to report on its giving from 2011. In its inaugural year, the majority of Forsythia’s grant making supported legacy grants, complementing the work of the Passport Foundation, from which its corpus grew. The Foundation awarded a total of $268,000 in grants to 11 organizations addressing key issues in environmental health, from scientific investigation to translation and communication of the science for advocates and decision makers in public policy and clinical care. The Foundation’s grants supported scientific research investigating the health effects of environmental toxicants, environmental health education for professionals and youth activists, and coalitions and convenings of environmental health advocates and scientists.

Future grant making will increasingly be weighted toward the goal of scaling a beyond-by-design economy and materials.

Below is a summary of Forsythia’s 11 grants from 2011.

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
Washington, DC
To support efforts in developing reproductive environmental health education curricula for health professionals.
$15,000

Breast Cancer Fund
San Francisco, CA
To support research on estrogenic activity in consumer products, particularly personal care products marketed to tweens.
$15,000

Columbia University
New York, NY
To support research at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health in environmental health exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).
$10,000

Commonweal
Bolinas, CA
To provide general operating support for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment.
$25,000

Environmental Health Fund
Boston, MA
To support the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Coalition to facilitate NGO-industry dialogue on reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
$25,000

Reproductive Health Technologies Project
Washington, D.C.
To sustain the base and mobilize youth to build the movement for environmental reproductive health.
$20,000

Science & Environmental Health Network
Ames, IA
To provide general operating support.
$35,000

Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation
Seattle, WA
To support Dr. Sathyanarayana’s male infant hormone study.
$8,000

TEDX Inc (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange)
Paonia, CO
To support the Wingspread+20 workshop.
$10,000

University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
To support the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE)’s work to create healthier environments through advancing the intersection of science, medicine, and policy.
$100,000

Virginia Organizing
Charlottesville, VA
To provide general operating support to the Health and Environmental Funders Network.
$5,000